Jurisprudence: A Beginner's Simple and Practical Guide to Complex Legal Theory
41 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2009 Last revised: 4 Feb 2009
Date Written: January 15, 2009
An introduction to jurisprudence, the part of legal studies that attempts to construct a theory of law: what it is, how it functions, and what it should be. Jurisprudence deals with the history, philosophy, and sociology of the law. Legal authorities-cases and statutes-are written and interpreted, consciously or unconsciously, with the use of jurisprudential concepts. Jurisprudence is a theoretical subject, but it can provide practical insights on how to read and understand these authorities.
Keywords: Jurisprudence, legal theory, Legal Formanlism, Legal Realism, plain meaning
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